Introduction to Information Science and Technology
Edited by Charles H. Davis and Debora Shaw
"The editors have done a remarkable job of integrating the expertise of a wide range of interdisciplinary contributors to this collaboratively written, comprehensive introduction to information science and technology. The book is a model of clarity, systematization, and sensible conceptual and theoretical simplification that should make it an indispensable textbook for students and information professionals alike."
— W. Boyd Rayward, emeritus professor,
Graduate School of Library and
Information Science, University of Illinois
This guide to information science and technology—the product of a unique scholarly collaboration—presents a clear, concise, and approachable account of the fundamental issues, with appropriate historical background and theoretical background. Topics covered include information needs, seeking, and use; representation and organization of information; computers and networks; structured information systems; information systems applications; users' perspectives in information systems; social informatics; communication using information technologies; information policy; and the information professions.
"The result of a unique collaborative effort, this book should be equally valuable as a textbook and for self-study. It offers a readable overview of key topics, supplemented by a glossary and well-selected lists of references for further study."
— Linda C. Smith, associate dean,
Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign
"Extremely well-written collaborative work by some of the current gurus of information science and technology! [This is an] easy-to-read text compiled from ongoing scholarly discourse that will enhance students' grasp of the extensive assortment of information science and technology concepts."
— Melanie J. Norton,
author, Introductory Concepts
in Information Science, Second Edition